We're back with another book report, and this month it's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!
I was a Potter fan from the get-go. I loved the idea of Hogwarts and a sorting hat (Ravenclaw, of course!) and all the rest of the accoutrements that are a part of the series.
But I was a little disappointed with this installment of the series. I knew that it was a script and for that reason would not be "meaty" reading, despite the rather hefty price. I knew that we were fast-forwarding to Harry's adulthood. I knew how our characters paired off--Ginny and Harry, Ron and Hermione--and that they all supposedly lived happily ever after.
Which is nigh on impossible when you live with a sulky teenager.
And that, in a nutshell, is the book. Harry lives with a middle son who is a pain in the butt. Albus Severus (really? As if it isn't hard enough being Harry Potter's son) is moody and recalcitrant and probably depressed, and he gets sorted into Slytherin (like Harry almost did) and feels like he doesn't fit in with his famous family and so he's the rebel without a cause...until he finds one, which effs things up, big-time.
I'll be honest: this was not really what I wanted. I have taught enough 14-, 15-, 16-, and 17-year-olds that if I never hear about a moody teenager again, I'll be cool with that. Yes, it's Harry Potter dealing with more magical issues, but as an adult, it's not as much fun. Adults want an escape and as any parent can tell you, there's no escaping a problematic teenager.
I give this book a C+, which is a gracious plenty.